The Orange County chapter’s June 2nd event focuses on end of life issues, and specifically the issue of death with dignity. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
The award-winning documentary will be shown on Saturday June 2nd at 1:30 PM, at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618. There is no charge for this event. Doors open at 1:00 for snacks and socializing; seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The event is free and open to the public.